Rik Roots


Rik lives in London with his partner, Nigel, and their two cats. As can be seen, he does not photograph well.

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Rik's Army Career
Price: Free! Words: 71,540. Language: British English. Published: November 12, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
In 1988 I, Richard Roots, accidentally collided with the British Army. There were triumphs, and there were tears. There was even some mud involved. This is the story of the seven most scary - yet exciting - weeks (yes, weeks) of my life.
More Love Poems Innit
Price: Free! Words: 3,460. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2019. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry
A sequence of love poems, written by Rik Roots. You have been warned!
And Still I Breathe
Price: Free! Words: 5,650. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The mid-teens of the 21st century have been lean times for my poetic productivity - other things (such as coding, life, having to find paid employment) have taken priority over the Joy of Verse. Nevertheless verse has been committed in fits and starts, and in this chapbook you will find the results. Please enjoy your time with my work!
Price: Free! Words: 5,780. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Some of Rik's earliest verses came to him one day and said: we feel neglected! We feel ignored - why should all the later poems get all of the glory. Some of us have been published, you know, in proper magazines and stuff! And Rik, in an inexplicable episode of sympathy for the poems' plight, agreed to build a chapbook just for them.
SpinTrap: The Lonely City
Price: Free! Words: 65,210. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Kal is a man out of his time, out of his depth and - literally - out of his mind.
Snowdrop - a story in verse
Price: Free! Words: 19,540. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2012. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry
For most people, Christmas is a time of joy; for some it has become a time of lonely sorrow. For Snowdrop, Christmas is about to become a timeless place of fear, horror – and unimaginable loss. On the hill above the Marshes, someone watches; some thing waits …
The Story Portraits
Price: Free! Words: 11,240. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General
Welcome to this, my first collection of micro-fiction. Within these pages you will discover a range of characters looking to tell their stories – some more surreal than others – in various styles and voices. Suffer alongside Frank as he recovers in hospital from an accident; watch young Jacob discover a new form of entertainment; follow Jack as he breaks free of the confines of his bathroom.
To Posterity
Price: Free! Words: 3,770. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2011. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A sequence of poems by Rik Roots. This chapbook is dedicated to those who are gone before their time, too many of whom I knew and loved.
Poems to Quote to your Lover
Price: Free! Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2011. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Welcome to this, my third collection of poems. In this collection, I am proud to present you with some love. These poems deal with loves and relationships in all their wonderful and woeful manifestations. Some of the poems are a little raunchier than others, but there's nothing (too) offensive or smutty in them!
From Each Skull, A Story
Price: Free! Words: 4,100. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2011. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Consisting of a peculiar set of poems committed by Rik Roots
Play Time
Price: Free! Words: 7,350. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
These 22 poems are some of my earlier work, from the poems that survived the post-puberty bonfire up to around the turn of the century. There's no over-arching theme to the poems as such, but if you look carefully you'll be able to spot the various experiments and approaches I was trying at the time.
22 Facets of my Father
Price: Free! Words: 4,540. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2011. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A set of 22 poems investigating the relationship between a son and his father.
The Gods in the Jungle
Price: Free! Words: 125,860. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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The jungle city of Bassakesh holds the keys to the future of the Vreski Empire; it is the sole source of the valuable Vedegga dye. Delesse, the Governor's daughter, is marrying Loken, heir to one of the most powerful Clans in the Empire. When plague disrupts the wedding plans, Delesse, with her friends, has to fight to save the city, punish its enemies, and marry the man she loves.